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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-06-01

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    President Demetris Christofias said he wants to go to next months meeting in Geneva with the UN Secretary General with as many convergences between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides as possible.

    Speaking after Wednesdays meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, Christofias also said he wants to continue in the most constructive way possible efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.

    As regards the UN Secretary Generals report on the renewal of UNFICYP`s mandate, the President said that this is not based on purely political criteria and does not refer to the Secretarys role and mandate.

    I guess, he added, all these will be included in a new report after the meeting on July 7, between UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon, President Christofias and Eroglu.

    He noted that today they discussed the issue of the Police, adding that under certain circumstances, we are not particularly far from achieving absolute convergence.

    But I want to be reserved and wait for the next meeting of our advisors. I have made a suggestion on the issue of international treaties and the competencies of the central government and the administrations of the constituent states on the issues of signing and implementing international treaties. There will be a response on the part of Eroglu and our advisors will discuss the details, he added.

    The President was invited to comment on the fact that Ban notes in his report that a European club basketball match ``in south Nicosia between a visiting Turkish team and a Greek Cypriot team was marred by acts of hooliganism by Greek Cypriot fans against the Turkish team players`` and that Turkish Cypriot police interrupted a Christmas service for the Greek Cypriot residents in the Karpas Panninsula``, in northern Turkish occupied Cyprus.

    Christofias said that these are two incidents which have taken place, adding that Ban also commends the role of the Cypriot Police in tackling the situation during the basketball match.

    President Christofias stressed that such incidences must be avoided as they create tension and harm the trust between the two sides.

    Asked if the role of the UNSG could change, Christofias pointed out that only the Security Council can determine or change his role.

    We are in favour of maintaining the UN Secretary Generals role as it has been defined by the Security Council, he stressed.

    Meanwhile, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus Lisa Buttenheim said after the meeting that the two leaders continued to discuss police issues and evaluated the discussions of their representatives at their meeting yesterday.

    She said that the representatives will continue these discussions at their meeting on Friday.

    Buttenheim added that the two leaders also started an exchange of views on the competences to conclude international treaties. The leaders have agreed to meet on Wednesday, 15 June, she said.

    Asked if the leaders discussed anything about the meeting with the Secretary-General on July 7, in Geneva, Buttenheim said: No, not at all.

    UN-backed direct negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem began in September 2008. Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.


    Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Serbia Mirko Cvetkovic and President of the Republic Demetris Christofias will be the main speakers at a business forum, organized by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and the Cyprus-Serbian Business Association on Tuesday, 7 June, on the occasion of Cvetkovics visit to Cyprus.

    The forum will be followed by business meetings between Cypriot and Serbian businessmen who will be accompanying the Prime Minister of Serbia and will cover a wide range of activities in export and import sector.

    The Forum entitled ``Cyprus and Serbia Cooperation prospects`` will be addressed by the President of CCCI Manthos Mavrommatis and the President of the Chamber of Serbia Milos Bugarin.

    The President of the Investment Promotion Agency of Serbia Bojan Jankovic and the member of the Cyprus and Serbia Business Association board of Directors Marios Cosmas will make a presentation on the business opportunities currently available in the Balkan market and the prospects for further enhancement of cooperation between Cyprus and Serbia.


    The newly elected members of the House of Representatives will hold their first plenary session Thursday, give the prescribed affirmation and elect the House President.

    The 56 MPs and the three Representatives of the religious groups represented at the House (Armenians, Maronites and Latins) will affirm their faith and respect to the Constitution and the laws of the Republic and the preservation of the independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus.

    The plenary agenda includes the election of a new House President. So far two MPs, Democratic Party (DIKO) President Marios Garoyian is seeking reelection to the post and Socialist EDEK President Yiannakis Omirou is also a candidate for the same post.

    House Secretary General Socrates Socratous told CNA today that the eldest of MPs, Democratic Rally party (DISY) President Nicos Anastasiades will preside over the plenary.

    Parliamentary elections took place on Sunday May 22nd in which DISY received 34.27% electing 20 MPs, AKEL 32.67% electing 19 MPs, DIKO 15.77% electing 9 MPs, EDEK 8.93% electing 5 MPs, EVROKO 3.88% electing 2 MPs and the FOTO


    Cyprus has so far secured two gold, five silver and four bronze medals in the 14th Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE), currently underway in Liechtenstein from May 30 to June 4.

    Cypriot athletes participating in the games have won gold medals in judo and swimming, silver medals in shooting, judo and swimming and bronze medals in swimming and judo.

    Cyprus is represented in the games by 118 athletes, competing in 10 sports, namely athletics, cycling, judo, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and beach volleyball.

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